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The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan
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Why is the novel called The Joy Luck Club?

Amy Tan's novel is called The Joy Luck Club because this club is central to both plot and characters as its members long for joy and luck and discover that they must create and recognize their own joy and luck even in the midst of trial.

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The title of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club reflects the hopes and dreams of the novel's characters as expressed in the social club started by Suyuan.

Suyuan started the first Joy Luck Club in China during the war to help herself and her friends focus on hope even...

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The title of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club reflects the hopes and dreams of the novel's characters as expressed in the social club started by Suyuan.

Suyuan started the first Joy Luck Club in China during the war to help herself and her friends focus on hope even in the midst of tragedy. Suyuan and her friends desired joy and luck (or blessings), and they knew that the only way to really attain either was to reach out and embrace them with high spirits and a positive attitude. Therefore, they participated in the Joy Luck Club as an expression of their longings and as a way to attain them.

When Suyuan moved to San Francisco, she started a second Joy Luck Club with three friends. These women gather each week to play mah-jongg, share food, and discuss their lives. Again, these women have faced and still face many hardships in life, and they still desire joy and luck. Therefore, they reach out for them, coming together in friendship to raise their spirits, comfort each other, discover joy, and recognize their blessings.

The novel's title, therefore, focuses on this central element in these women's lives, namely, their club. This club allows them to express their desires, but it also allows them to attain their desires together in community and love.

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